Pumpkin Photo Centerpiece holds your Autumn Memories
Our Guest Contributor is Camille Dawn of Welcome to The Mother Lode
Fall is my all-time favorite season to take pictures. I absolutely love the dark, rich colors and moody lighting that really play up the traditional fall themed photographs – playing in the leaves, picking pumpkins at the patch, and of course the chosen costumes and trick-or-treating action on Halloween night. Our daughter also happens to have a late October birthday, so we always take tons of pictures during this time of year.
Looking back at these pictures, I am noticing that the pumpkin she picks from the patch each year keeps getting a little bigger, her costumes a little more detailed, her candy bag a little more full.
I loved putting together this project, looking at these photographs documenting the growth of our little family as the seasons change, tucking them behind the twine circling the pumpkin, seeing the progression over time.
This finished project has only been on our tabletop for one evening and has already been such a fun centerpiece – lots of lovely reminiscing and lively conversation from brainstorming this year’s costume ideas to the eager plans underway for our annual trip to the pumpkin patch.
These are so easy and fun to make – make a large one for your Fall tabletop, or a whole group of them – one for each child perhaps? Older children will have fun helping with the hammering and stringing too.
You will need:
- Large pumpkin
My daughter wanted to help, so I used one nail to poke guide holes where I wanted the nails to be placed around the top of the pumpkin, and again around the base of the pumpkin.
Placing the pumpkin on its side was the easiest angle for hammering the bottom row of nails. We also found that me starting the nails was easiest – then my daughter didn’t need to hold the nails while getting them started, keeping her fingers safe.
For the stringing, start by wrapping one end of twine around a bottom nail and tying securely in a knot. Then bring the twine up to the next nail slightly to the right, then back down again. Continue in this zig zag fashion around the entire pumpkin. I had to reposition, add and remove a few nails here and there when the spacing of the twine seemed off – just eyeball it and make changes as necessary.
If your daughter is like mine, you may need an extra pumpkin to allow for a bit more freestyle expression with this project. We discovered that even though her creative design did not lend itself well to holding photographs, it did make an excellent spider web!
Here’s the finished product. It’s a little early for pumpkins in our area so these are smaller than I was hoping for – I will be doing this again after our trip to the patch when the larger pumpkins are ready. The pumpkin on the left is actually a craft pumpkin from Michaels. I do like the idea of saving it to reuse each year, but I either need to print smaller images or find a larger craft pumpkin.
Camille Dawn writes and crafts daily at her personal blog Welcome to The Mother Lode. It’s fabulous and inspiring.